Monday, June 29, 2009

Would you be terrified if...

Your piano looked like this...

I know I was. My piano has been rattling for about a year and it has been getting progressively worse lately and I can hardly stand to play on it now. So I finally called David Featherstone to come and look at it. And in my great tradition, I baffled him. He has NO IDEA what is causing the rattle. He worked on it for over an hour today. Our next step is to drop about $1000 to have it moved to his shop in Dallas and completely taken apart. I have no idea what to do. I love this piano, and it is how I make a living and how I relax, but it is so expensive. I spent most of my day in tears. My poor 91 year old senior citizen piano.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Weekend in Oklahoma

We headed up to Oklahoma on Friday night for a fun packed weekend. We spent the weekend at my grandparent's farm, which is probably my favorite place in the world to go these days. Saturday morning we went to my Uncle Vester's house to ride horses. Kirsten was a natural and loved every minute of it. We were out there almost 2 hours and if it weren't for the scorching heat, we probably would have ridden longer.

First Kirsten rode on Pedro the Pony. He is her cousin, Victoria's, Pony, so she is used to having little girls on her back. She rode around the pen for a while and then Sarah joined her and they headed down to the creek so we could be in the shade. She spent some time brushing Pedro, but she kept trying to go behind him to brush his tail, so we had to put an end to that. Then she got to ride a full size horse, Ringo. Ringo is a descendant of Twila, the first horse my mother's family ever had back in the 60's.

Kirsten leading Ringo with Jerry and Uncle Vester
Kirsten on Ringo
Kirsten riding Pedro
Kirsten and Sarah on Pedro
Kirsten on Pedro

Kirsten riding on Ringo

We spent Saturday afternoon riding the go-cart, and working in the garden and then had a barbecue and Iva and Cole's house.

Saturday night we went to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert at OU in Norman. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Kirsten loved being able to hear "her choir" live instead of just on a CD. She was entranced by the music, she just sat there on the edge of her seat listening intently. She was sad when it was over, but quickly perked up when we told her we were going to see Uncle Larry. My Uncle Larry plays the French Horn in the Orchestra at Temple Square that tours with the choir. We were able to go to Braum's with him afterwards and enjoy his company. Kirsten physically attatched herself to him and would not stop giving him hugs, kisses, and cuddles, not even to eat her ice cream.

We sure had a great weekend. Thank you so much mom for getting us the tickets and Grandma and Grandpa for letting us stay with you. Kirsten, Sarah and Kaley loved seeing all of you. She is already asking when we get to go back. Now we are all exhausted and ready for another busy week.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nothing too exciting

Not too much has happened this week that is really worth blogging about, but I like blogging, so I am.

My nieces, Sarah and Kaley, flew in on Saturday night. They will be here for 3 weeks this summer. They have been staying with us every summer for 6 years, and this will be their shortest stay. They actually want to do things this summer like go to Chicago, Florida and Michigan. I used to be the most exciting part of their summer, but not any more. My gym is letting teenagers work out free this summer, so they have been going with me everyday this week. They are also taking swimming lessons this week from Jenny, Kirsten's teacher. If I planned ahead, I would have planned their lessons together so I wouldn't be going for 4 weeks straight, oh well.

I am also helping out with watching a friend of mine's twins girls this summer. It has been so great having them here. Kirsten looks forward to the days they come over and begs for them on the days they don't come. It is wonderful for her to have kids to play with so I can get some things done. The hardest part of this week has been going from having one kid to five kids. It is was more exhausting than I imagined. I feel like I spend my whole day in the kitchen cooking a meal or cleaning up a meal. Do you know how long it takes to get 5 kids in swim suits, sunscreen, shoes, and into the car?!! Wow, I had no idea. I have a new found respect for mothers with large families. I do not think I am cut out for it. It is a good thing it is only temporary.

We are leaving tomorrow after swimming lessons for Oklahoma. We are going to visit my mom and grandparents and see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance. I am especially excited that my Uncle Larry will be there with the Orchestra and that we will get to see him.

Jeremy was able to work from home this past Tuesday for the first time. It was difficult to have him home and leave him alone, but we managed. It was wonderful to have him home for lunch and to spend the extra two hours with him that he would have been on the road. If all goes well, they will let him work from home on Thursdays also, so we will have him two days a week!

That is about it. We are spending most of our free time at the pool trying to stay cool. Kirsten is getting more confident in the water and has even started jumping in on her own without anyone catching her. I have not decided if I am excited or scared to death about that! What's a mom to do...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Swimming Lessons

Kirsten's last swimming lesson was today. Last Monday, during her 4th lesson, she finally figured out how to swim by herself! This week we have spent every spare moment at the pool with her swimming from the steps to me, me to the steps, over and over and over....

I could not be prouder of my little girl. It is a huge step to be able to put your face in the water, let go and trust that you will not sink. I am excited about all the new things she will learn in the coming months. I am just beyond ecstatic that we finally passed this first step. Everyone says that the summer they turn four is the magical year to start swimming on their own, and it looks like that is true. I hope you enjoy the video. It takes her a while to get off the edge, I think she was getting tired. But once she gets going she makes it almost all of the way across the pool before her teacher takes her hand. Good Job Kirsten!!!

Roughriders Game

Tonight we went to a Frisco Roughriders Game. It is minor league baseball team whose field is about a 10 minute drive from our house. Tonight was particularly fun. We went with a group organized through our HOA. We rode the neighborhood trolley down, sat in block of seats with our friends, got free hats, and best of all, our tickets included all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, brautwurst, chips, cookies and drinks. It was really hot, so we definitely took advantage of the unlimited drinks. Kirsten just kept getting cups of ice and was fascinated when it kept melting into water. Kirsten was devastated when she realized that she was not going to get to play baseball with the team, but she got over it thankfully. We bought her some cotton candy but she refused to even try it - Jeremy was thrilled to get the whole thing to himself.

Our Trolley

This is what you get when you combine a 3 year old, 100 degree heat and chocolate chip cookies.
We got there pretty early so we got some pictures before it got too crowded

Too cute!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Six Years

Six years ago today I was sealed for Time and All Eternity to my sweetheart Jeremy. I never imagined when he asked me to marry him how much he would bless my life. Jeremy is the kindest, most loving, compassionate, hard working man that I have ever known. He has an enormous capacity for love and service. I will be eternally grateful to my in-laws for raising this amazing man. He is the best husband and father that Kirsten and I could ever ask for. Our lives have changed so much since that day. We have had our ups and downs, and our share of heartbreaks and disappointments, but standing her and looking back, I would not trade one minute of it. I love him more today than I ever thought imaginable and I look forward to growing closer through the coming years. I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing me with him, and I am especially grateful that Jeremy was so patient with me for so many years and waited for me to serve my mission. I love you Jeremy.

The Sealer at our wedding shared this quote with us. It is the theme of my life.

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey … delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” Gordon B. Hinckley

Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Swimming Cars

So this has been yet another busy week at the Alleman household. Kirsten started swimming lessons this week. We decided to put her in private swimming lessons this year with Jenny from our ward. The city group classes were just not cutting it as far as I am concerned. I have also heard that the summer they turn 4 is usually when they are able to finally swim on their own. Kirsten has several friends with pools and we are at one of our neighborhood pools almost everyday, so I figured it was time to get intense!

We have spent the past two summers letting her swim in her life jacket, so she is having trouble moving her legs out from under her body and laying flat. I am grateful that Jenny is so patient and puts up with all of her stubborness.

All on her own
Straight legs, finally!
Face in
So now for the really exciting news.....
I finally convinced Jeremy that the 8 year old Honda Civic was not cutting it with all the extra kids I always seem to be hauling around these day. So last night we bought a Honda Pilot. I am totally in love with this car. It holds 8 people, which sounds crazy for our family of 3, but trust me, we will use it. Black was not my first choice in color, but it was the right one for us. I can hardly wait for my nieces to get here next week and actually have room for all of us to go places together.
We found out when we were trading in my car that it was in a pretty serious accident right before we bought it. We were young and naive and did not even know that Carfax existed, and assumed that a Certified Pre-Owned Honda would be a good car. So we hardly got anything for my car. I felt pretty angry when I found out, but I guess I cannot change the past. We were a whole lot more careful in picking out this car. By the way I highly recommend Honda Cars of McKinney. They were awesome! So here it is, our Black Beauty...

Friday, June 12, 2009

John at MCRD

My brother John is at the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot in San Diego for basic Training. Yesterday he was interviewed by a reporter from the Fort Worth Star Telegram who is doing a story on Recruits from North Texas. He will be quoted in this Sunday's paper! She was able to have lunch with him and says that he is doing great, that he is in good spirits and looks good (except for the BCGs of course, but who looks good in those?) She sent some pictures. It was a comfort to me to see him for myself and know that my brother is being taken care of.

He is on the back row on the end

He is on the backrow, second in

Sunday, June 7, 2009

First Date

Kirsten went on her first date last night, with her daddy, of course. Jeremy and Kirsten went to our HOA's Daddy Daughter Dance. Kirsten had such a good time and Jeremy is sore today from all the move busting! I spent half the day with Kirsten rolling her hair, painting her nails, and applying just the right amount of lip gloss. She was insistent that everything be just right. I topped her off by letting her wear the pearls my mom gave me last year for Christmas. Jeremy was so sweet and even bought her a corsage. I hope that all of her dates treat her this well in the future.
All dolled up and ready to go.
Jeremy and Kirsten
On their way!
After they left for the dance, I went to BUNCO night with some friends. I think that I will become a regular each month, it was so much fun! I stayed out way too late and Kirsten and Jeremy were both asleep when I got home. Kirsten did not waste a second this morning though to come running into our room and proceed to tell me all about it. She is already planning for next year's dance! Thank you Jeremy for being such a wonderful dad. Kirsten loves and adores you. We could not ask for a better daddy or husband. I love you!

Friday, June 5, 2009

And so it begins...

On the way home from the park today, Kirsten was incessantly pushing buttons on her Princess phone. Each button plays a song, so as you can imagine, I was slowly going insane. So finally I asked her what she was doing, her reply - "I am texting Keeton, mommy." Of course you are.